Bernard Alexander Christian Quaritch
/ BURN-əd KWORR-itch
; April 23, 1819 – December 17, 1899) was a German-born British bookseller and collector.
Work in London
In 1847 he started a bookseller's business off Leicester Square
becoming naturalized as a British subject. In 1848 he started to issue a monthly Catalogue of Foreign and English Books
. About 1858 he began to purchase rare books, one of the earliest of such purchases being a copy of the Mazarin Bible
(usually known as the Gutenberg Bible), and within a period of forty years he possessed six separate copies of this rare and valuable edition.
In 1860 he moved to Piccadilly
. In 1873 he published the Bibliotheca Xylographica, Typographica et Palaeographica
, a remarkable catalogue of early productions of the printing press
of all countries. He became a regular buyer at all the principal book-sales of Europe
, and from time to time published a variety of other catalogues of old books. Amongst these may be mentioned the Supplemental Catalogue
(1877), and in 1880 an immense catalogue of considerably over 2,000 pages. The last complete catalogue of his stock was published in 1887-88 under the title General Catalogue of Old Books and Manuscripts
, in seven volumes, increased with subsequent supplements to twelve. All these catalogues are of considerable bibliographical value. By this time Quaritch had developed the largest trade in old books in the world.
Works and publications
- ^ a b Tedder, Henry Richard (1901). "Quaritch, Bernard" . Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 289–291.
- ^ Christopher Columbus; Bernard Quaritch; Michael Kerney; Martin Davies; Katherine Spears (2006). The Spanish Letter of Columbus: A Facsimile of the Original Edition Published by Bernard Quaritch in 1891. Quaritch. ISBN 978-0-9550852-2-2.
- ^ "London". Hodson's Booksellers, Publishers and Stationers' Directory. London: W.H. Hodson. 1855. p. 67.
- ^ a b c Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Quaritch, Bernard". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 711.
Barker, Nicolas (1978) Bibliotheca Lindesiana: the Lives and Collections of Alexander William, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres, and James Ludovic, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres. London: for Presentation to the Roxburghe Club, and published by Bernard Quaritch (Barnard Quaritch is mentioned in pp. 164-94}
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